Do what is right…no fear; do what is wrong…be afraid.

Romans 13:1-7

 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.  Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.  For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same.  For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.  Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake.  For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing.  Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor

If we believe that God is in control, then those in positions of authority are there by his allowance to work out his will.  In that place we do ourselves harm to resist that authority for we are resisting what he has permitted to serve his purpose.  What then is our  option?  To do what is right…no fear; do what is wrong…be afraid.  The Lord time and again demonstrated his power in carrying his people through hard times.  He also  set them free from oppression.  Therefore, our focus when placed upon him and his will can be expected to put us in that position of doing what is right.  Our focus is better served to do his will, do what is right and have the faith and trust he will provide what is best.  If we try to effect change in our own strength and view it does not carry his power and will.  We can look to David’s example.  When it would have been possible for him to eliminate Saul he didn’t because he stated Saul was God’s anointed.  Saul was not doing right and David had also been anointed to replace Saul, but it was not David’s time and he submitted to the will of God.  Before battle seeking God’s will first was the right and obedient focus.  We have these examples placed before us to follow.  The principle is that what occurs is permitted to occur to effect the will of God.  So for us it is best to focus on the one who can effect change and raise our collective voice to him.  Do what is right…no fear.  Do what is wrong…be afraid.  “… Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor..”


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